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Conflicts Put Mass. Primary Date In Flux

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin says he’d consider another change in the date of the 2012 state primary, but only if it doesn’t interfere with preparations for the November election.

The primary is currently scheduled for Sept. 6, a Thursday. That has raised concerns among Democrats because that date would also be the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

The primary was originally scheduled for Sept. 18, but that conflicted with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Galvin says he would be open to moving the primary to Sept. 11, but prefers the earlier date because it would allow more time for possible recounts, printing of ballots and mailing of absentee ballots for the November election.

Galvin has ruled out holding primary earlier than Sept. 6.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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